Overcoming the Darkness: Perspectives on Suicide, Trauma and Mental Health for the Community

In these powerfully heartfelt, hope and recovery focused seminars, Eric discusses openly, honestly, and frankly of how his life was riddled with personal struggles and trials, as well as severe battles with stress, depression, self-destructive and suicidal behavior. In addition, Eric will discuss how his recovery allowed him to develop and command the Rochester Police Department's Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), the first team of its kind in New York State, as well as train thousands of police officers and other law enforcement personnel on the issues of mental health. He puts nearly 30 years of professional and personal experience into these dynamic presentations, and provides a real-life, ‘no-nonsense’ approach to the issues of mental health, mental illness, symptoms of stress and depression, stigmas, communication skills, recovery, suicide awareness and prevention. 

Eric offers a wide variety of events to host in your community to raise awareness and understanding about issues surrounding mental health, de-escalating someone who has a mental health disorder or is in crisis, and suicide awareness. The majority of the courses below are Certified Programs and are for audiences and key professions, including: primary care professionals, employers and business leaders, faith communities, school personnel and educators, nursing home staff, mental health authorities, state policymakers, volunteers, young people, families and the general public.

Mental Health First Aid

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If you or someone you care about is thinking about suicide, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)